What is Addiction?

    Addiction Is Treatable

    There is hope for addiction recovery.2:00

    If you were diagnosed with a serious disease, wouldn’t you immediately seek treatment from experts? To overcome the disease of addiction, most people need treatment too. By putting your trust in God and getting professional guidance, you will find that addiction is treatable, no matter how impossible recovery may seem sometimes.

    If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, find help at addictionrecovery.lds.org.


      If you were diagnosed with a serious disease, you would immediately look for the most advanced and effective treatment plans available to you. You would ask questions of specialists and doctors and change your diet and exercise so that you could recover sooner.

      To overcome the disease of addiction, most people need treatment as well. Doing it on your own might not be enough. Whatever addiction you are battling, the first step in recovery is to put your trust in God. He will support you in your recovery.

      Know that He is there and that He cares about your struggle. Everyone's situation is different, so treatment and recovery plans should be different too. There are many options available, but first consider getting an evaluation from a health care professional. He or she can suggest options that are best for you.

      Mental disorders such as depression and anxiety often coexist with substance abuse, so they should be treated along with the addiction. Medications are often an important part of addiction treatment, especially when combined with counseling and other behavioral therapies. There are residential programs and intensive inpatient or outpatient plans that can help with a holistic recovery and lifestyle change.

      Detoxification is only the first stage of addiction treatment, and it isn't the solution for long-term substance abuse. Effective treatments will address multiple physical and emotional needs, not just the actual addiction. Remaining in treatment for adequate time to heal is also critical. Even after treatment, many people need long-term support.

      Recovery maybe a lifelong process, but it will be worth it. If you or someone you love has a problem, get help. Want to learn more about addiction? Find help at addictionrecovery.lds.org.